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SIOUX CITY, IA – SIOUX CITY, IA – The Sioux City Explorers announced today that The Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased the contract of X’s OF Michael Lang.  Lang will report to the Diamondbacks Long Season A club in either South Bend of the Midwest League or Visalia in the California League.


Lang, 23, signed with the Sioux City Explorers on February 26th and the 2012 season marked his first season in professional baseball. In (35) games with the X’s, Lang compiled a .405 batting average, while collecting 49 hits, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 4 homeruns in 121 at-bats, while  scoring 28 runs and driving in 25 runs.


Lang played his collegiate years at Rutgers University (2008-2011) and made the All-BIG EAST 2nd Team his senior season. The strong arm outfielder was one of the best in the conference recording six outfield assists from his corner outfield position. Over his collegiate years, Lang has been regarded as one of the best in Rutgers history, ranking in the top 10 for career triples (t-3rd, 13), hits (t-4th, 229), total bases (5th, 372), runs (6th, 176), doubles (t-7th, 48) and home runs (t-9th, 23).


“We are very excited and happy for this young man to get an opportunity with a major league organization, it has been a pleasure to manage such a class act and fine young talent,” comments field manager Stan Cliburn.”


The X’s now have 20 players on their active roster, including 10 pitchers and 10 position players.


Fans looking to purchase season tickets, flex packs and individual game tickets for the 2012 season can call the X’s office at (712) 277-WINS (9467), visit the Lewis & Clark Park box office located at 3400 Line Drive.